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Reactions to Gov. Brownback’s State of State address

Photographers document Gov. Sam Brownback as he departs the Kansas House of Representatives after delivering his State of the State address Thursday night.(January 15, 2015)
Photographers document Gov. Sam Brownback as he departs the Kansas House of Representatives after delivering his State of the State address Thursday night.(January 15, 2015) The Wichita Eagle

Reactions to speech

“He has several specific proposals that really are bold. It will be interesting how they’re received in the legislative chamber…It was not a small-ball speech.”

Attorney General Derek Schmidt

“I think he’s very optimistic. He feels like he has a mandate. It was a refreshing speech.”

Senate President Susan Wagle, R-Wichita

“They keep saying ‘all options are on the table’ and they turn around and say, ‘Oh, we’re not going to consider revisiting the tax policy.’ They’re divorced from reality...but reality’s going to catch up with all of us.”

Rep. Nancy Lusk, D-Overland Park

“I thought it was fantastic…It’s a long time coming to redo the (school finance) formula. It’s time.”

House Speaker Ray Merrick, R-Stilwell

“You can only live in a bubble of surreality so long. You talk about rose-colored glasses — his are so deeply tinted he’s not seeing clearly. Didn’t hear one thing about a regrettably unprecedented shortfall.”

Sen. David Haley, D-Kansas City

“One of the things he said that was very clear is that the formula isn’t based on student achievement...and it’s almost impossible to understand, so it’s time to make it fair to the schools and the teachers that are in the classroom, not the system.”

Rep. Steve Brunk, R-Wichita

“It’s another sleight of hand to try to hide the fact he’s trying to put fewer dollars in education.”

Susan Reusser, Butler County teacher

“I appreciate his commitment to staying on the ‘march to zero’ on income tax and I hope his budget tomorrow reflects that.”

Jeff Glendening, Americans for Prosperity state director

“We were here in April and we’re going to continue to be here raising our hands for public education and school kids in Kansas. We can’t let our voices be silenced.”

Mark Farr, president of Kansas National Education Association

“It’s like a checklist. He wants to make an imprint on Kansas so that when he leaves, conservatives are here for a long time.”

Bob Beatty, a professor of political science at Washburn University

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